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the inside story ray suarez hosts inside story weekdays at 5 eastern only on al jazeera america >> decision day in egypt. a court is about to give a verdict in the trial of three al jazeera journalists who have been behind bars for six months. hello, welcome to al jazeera, live from doha. good to have you here with us. also in this programme - as the fighting continues in iraq the u.s. secretary of state has flown in on an unannounced visit. we'll be live in erbil. a manhunt is over, a south korean conscript accused of killing five of his comrades
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shoots himself. an effort to save one of asia's threatened mango forests. an egyptian court is expected to deliver its decision in the trial of three al jazeera journalists. they have been in gaol since december and accused of collaborating with the muslim brotherhood. al jazeera rejects the charges and continues to insist on their release. we have this report. >> a verdict nearly six months in the making. the alleged crime doing a job as journalists. al jazeera correspondent peter greste and producers mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed spent the last 177 days behind bars in egypt. they are accused of spreading false news and aiding the muslim
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brotherhood, which the government has designated a terrorist organization. al jazeera condemns and rejects all the charges. the egyptian prosecution pushed for the maximum assistancing, meaning peter greste could get 7 years and mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed face 15 years. the evidence against them has included video from a different channel and some of peter greste's work covering other parts of africa. his family is hopeful that his court appearance on monday will be his last, and a long-awaited start to freedom. >> when you look at the case overall, anybody with passing superficial knowledge of the law would realise that there can only be one verdict and that is acquittal. a fourth journalist, abdullah al-shami, was freed on tuesday, after spending 307 days in
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prison, without being charged. the public prosecutor ordered his release for health reasons. abdullah al-shami had been on hunger strike since january. a freeman, he joins the chorus calling for the release of peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed. their trial began on 20 february and triggered a growing outcry. the newly elected president abdul fatah al-sisi promised to tackle many issues, including free speech. the verdict dew and the falsely accused journalist could be a first test. well, the australian prime minister says he told the egyptian president that peter greste, australian journalist, was innocent and was only doing his job. >> in the end it's up it the egyptian justice system to do its job. i did my best to put it to the
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president that has an australian journalist peter greste would not have been taking sides, he would have simply been reporting on the events that he saw before him. he certainly would have had no interest in promoting the muslim brotherhood. he simply would have been providing his viewers with what he thought was the story of the die, because that's what australian journalists do. well, kamal has been following the reaction on social media. thank you for that. there's a lot of nerves for all of us at al jazeera. what is heartening is how much support there is out there for our journalists. i have been watching this all morning, and we have seen the free aj staff hashtag grow and grow, particularly in places - you see in western europe, but nairobi - that is where peter greste was based, australia where he's from - you saw the
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sydney hashtag pop up. there's more chatter now. if i go to you see the kick up. this is a 1% sample in the last 24 hours. it started 300 tweets an hour and now close to 950,000 tweets an hour on this. we want more and more. you can contribute by tweeting free sj staff. we show you what others have been up to. here is a picture from brisbane, showing peter greste's parents using their ipads and waiting for the verdict. peter's brothers and cousins are in cairo, the parents are in australia. a picture from the courtroom. this lady is the fiancee of mohamed fadel fahmy. she is there in court today to see what will happen. what else did we spot? a lot of journalists. the last count is something like
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150 journalists, embassy staff. these are taken by patrick kingsley, from the guardian newspaper. he's showing a large number of people six, seven rows back, and coverage. there'll be a lot of coverage even though we are not allowed in then. c.n.n. thank you. we saw ian reporting from cairo. that's a shot of c.n.n. at the moment - not at the moment, but not long ago when they were reporting. thank you to the international media that has kept this alive and you the public. i had this video september to me as well, if i can bring it up. it's a familiar face abdullah al-shami, through the grainy pictures. he was released from prison - let me get out the way - and he's gone back to support the remaining colleagues who are still in gaol.
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lots of stuff is coming through. we see free aj staff, the two hash tags looking big on twitter. before we go, how you can keep in touch with us. you can go to, and look at what we have put online to do with the free aj staff. there's 177 days in gaol. if you want to get in touch, send me something you have seep as well. follow here as well, the pr feed with the latest social media played a huge part in highlighting what has been going on in egypt and we'll be here throughout the day to update us. let's go to other new, john kerry has arrived in the capital on an unannounced visit. the sunni-led rebels are expanding their control in the north-west. rebels of islamic state of iraq and levant have been guiding
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traffic. they were seen distributing copies of the koran to passers by. footage released by the iraqi military shows gun fire in the north-east province in dhuluiya, and the army looks set to have seized is number of weapons after i.s.i.l. militants retreated from the locations. hoda abdel-hamid has more. we are talking about john kerry's visit. >> well, he arrived about an hour ago, and his first meeting will be with p.m. nouri al-maliki. it's not difficult to acknowledge what conversation the two men will have. probably the u.s. secretary of state will press on the iraqi prime minister to form a government as soon as possible. elections were held at the end of april, and the prime minister or his party won a majority. since then he has been unable to
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form a government. that will probably be one of the topics of conversation. john kerry stressing that it should be an includes igovernment -- inclusive government. nouri al-maliki indicated that he wanted u.s. air strikes. he asked for that. indications out of washington is that obama administration is not willing to do that because it doesn't want to be seen to be taking one side versus the other in this sectarian conflict. certainly political reconciliation and the way ahead will be one of the main topics, the second. the role of these 300 advisors who were supposed to come to the country regain the territory it has lost over the last two weeks. >> thank you very much. that's hoda abdel-hamid with the latest from iraq. now the controversial cleric
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qadri arrived in pakistan, protesting against the government. thousands broke through the police barricades at islamabad airport where his plane was due to lapped. it was diverted to lahore where 12 demonstrators were killed. now some background - he is based in canada, and has an organization that provide free education to hundreds of thousands of people. he is an ardent campaigner. in january, tens of thousands of demonstrators were led in afghanistan to demand the deposit step down. he called off protests after a deal with the administration led at the time. we have this update. >> the aircraft carrying qadri
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was not allowed to land, it was circling before orders were given that the plane should be diverted to lahore. there they were the first to come out of the aircraft after it was surrounded by police commandos. they were trying to escort them to the helicopter so it could be flown to the residence. they refused saying the plane should go back to islamabad. and they said they would not move unless the plane was brought back. a standoff continuing, demanding that the military should provide the security, and the military trying to stay out of this political mess. >> afghan presidential candidate abdullah abdullah supporters have released an audio tape which they allege proved a top election official committed fraud. it's a fake.
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abdullah abdullah's people have been holding protests in several cities. last week the outcome of the june 14th vote was said to be ig. jennifer glasse has this report from kaboom. >> the election commission says it's trying to verify if the tape is what dr abdullah abdullah's party says it is, that it illustrates that the top official of the electoral secretariat, the organization that handles the logistics, was trying to order a ballot. it's not the first allegation, there has been 500 complaints, but abdullah abdullah said he does not want to follow the commission any more, he does not trust the commission. president hamid karzai asked for the u.n. to mediate.
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the u.n. is saying it's an afghan-led process, it is watching and wants to see transparency. it's a serious setback in a run-off election, which would mean that the first peaceful transition of power in afghanistan's modern history. this has thrown a rench in the works over the weekend we were supposed to see results. they have been delayed. we are not sure what this will mean. and the president was supposed to be inaugurated in august. coming up, why these children in lebanon are facing an uncertain future. plus, the dutch invasion - thousands of fans reach sao paulo to cheer their team at the world cup.
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hello againment let me remind you of the top stories in al jazeera. a verdict is expected at any moment in the trial of three al jazeera journalists. they have been gaoled in egypt since december and are accused of collaborating with the muslim brotherhood. u.s. secretary of state john kerry arrived in iraq's capital, baghdad. sunni rebels and government forces battle in other parts of the country. kerry is expecting to hold talks with political leaders, including the prime minister nouri al-maliki. the controversial cleric has arrived in pakistan. he is leading protests against the government and accuses of it being corrupt.
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thousands of supporters fought with police at the airport, where he had been due to land. >> al jazeera journalists are not allowed to report from egypt. and live for the story on the journalist trial is brought to us by ian lee from c.n.n. tell us what has been happening so far. >> what we are hearing or what is happening in the courtroom is that the family members made it in and others are there to watch the proceedings, as well as the three defendants. they are in the courtroom. a moment of bref ety during the time as mohamed fadel fahmy yells out "where is john kerry?" commementing on the fact that john kerry was here yesterday, and he mentioned the trial, saying that he hoped these
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people, the journalists are vindicated and are waiting on the judges to come in. we are expecting a brief court session. not to last long, but taking place any time. we are expecting them to go into the courtroom. if you talk to the defendant's family members and lawyers, they are optimistic, believing that they will be acquitted, vindicated, pointing to a couple of things. first they are saying the short amount of time between the last session, this amount of time is not enough to write a guilty verdict. they hope that is the case and the lack of hard evidence. that's been a hallmark of the case. a lack of hard evidence. even the prosecution's key witness, a panel of experts brought in to analyse the al jazeera reports contradicted a lot of what they had in the written statements. despite all of that the prosecution is asking for the maximum sentence, seven years for peter, and 15 for mohammed
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badr and mohamed fadel fahmy. the defence is saying they don't think it will be the case. either way the egyptian courts are notoriously unpredictable. we'll have to wait to see. >> we'll speak to you throughout thekming moments as we get more news from cairo: a south korean soldier was captured after killing five of his colleagues. harry fawcett september us this update from seoul? >> after more than a 24 hour standoff it has ended in a dramatic fashion. this man, sergeant lim, a 22-year-old conscript serving his manned industry service turned his k2 rifle on himself,
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shot himself in the torso, when soldiers moved in and started taking him to hospital. he is in a hospital down the coast, the same hospital at which some of the soldiers he shot and injured are being treated. that shooting took place on saturday night at an outpost south of dmz, close to the demilitarized zone. five fellow soldiers killed, seven injured in the immediate attack. and then he was on the run overnight and into the next day, shooting another soldier at a checkpoint and at that point he was surrounded and the evidence to get him to come quietly began. they had been talking to him. he spoke to his father on the telephone, requesting to speak to his family. his father and older brother were taken to the scene. it's thought they were there at the time he turned the gun on
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himself to commit suicide. >> the israeli army said it fired on targets in syria, in retaliation for the death of a young israeli. a 15-year-old died in golan heights in a blast. military says it was a deliberate attack. it's the first fatality on the israel side of the frontier since the start of the civil war. two erts were injured in the -- others were injured in the explosion. lebanon is home to 3 million syrian refugees. one of the biggest problems is getting legal documentation, especially for newborn babies. we have this report from the bekaa valley. >> reporter: this baby is half an hour old. three months before she was born her father was killed fighting in syria. the excitement that accompanies the birth of a baby is ab sent from her family. her mother, a syrian rev gee lies in her hospital bed.
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no family to support her. one more mouth to feed. she has six other children. getting a birth certificate is not on the priority list. another syrian refugee holds his new son for the first time. ali is his 11th child. his home a tent shared with his parents and siblings. he fled to lebanon and has been unemployed. when will he get a birth certificate. >> not now. when we have the money i may sell some of the food to be able to do it. every step requires money i don't have. the u.n. says that there are at least 24,000 newborn syrians in lebanon, and they are trying to encourage parents to register them with authorities and the
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syrian embassy. this baby girl has not been named yet. her grandmother says they don't know how to get her a birth certificate and she understands it's problematic but the future is bleak anyway. >> translation: it all depend on what will-en in syria. >> every day a number of children with birth certificate is increasing. >> this daughter is almost one year old. she, too, has no official birth certificate. he knows that it means he can't travel with her back to syria. he has no money to pay the different fees and transportation to do it. >> if i have the money, the pead electrician is my priority, not a birth certificate. she is sick, i can't take her to the doctor. >> reporter: the lack of money is not the only reason.
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many of these refugees are family of rebels and fear going to the embassy to register the new borns. many more refugees fled in syria, crossing into lebanon illegally across the mountains. they lack the documents to register their new babies. although a birth certificate may be a basic right. for thousands of refugees is overshadowed by the will to strive. police in kosovo clash with ethnic albanian rioters. it happened - rioters are processing the blockade. police responded with tear gas and fired bullets. >> as you can see the outcome of this violent protest is 13 injured policeman. 10 citizens were injured and received treatment. certainly it injured themselves.
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the police for did not use any force apart from the tear gas. >> maquarie banko forest in myanmar, some of the most threaten d. it's estimated that two-thirds have been wiped out in the last 30 years, and protecting them poses many changes. florence has this report. >> they are heading out to check on a patch of mangrove forest. it doesn't belong to him. he is responsible for it. every few days he makes sure no one is chopping down trees indiscriminate indiscriminately. we learn about the importance of mangroves from our experience with cyclone narg ark s in 2008 -- nargos in 2008. the forest didn't suffer as much as those that didn't have the application of mangroves. >> he had to rebuild the home because of a storm that killed
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130,000 people. when the cyclone hit the mangrove forest in the delta had been destroyed. they had encroached on the forest. it's here in the delta large areas are found. this is the food basket. fertile land perfect for farming. around two third of mangrove forests in the delta had been lost over 30 years. environmental act visits say there needs to be stronger laws to protect the forests. there's a need to engage with local people. >> we have to take a coordinated approach and look at the needs of the people. and examine how much of the forest the government should preserve. only then will we find a solution. the villagers rely on the mangroves for many things. while they want to preserve the
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forest, their needs come first. >> translation: we have no choice but to chop the mangroves for firewood. if it supplies gas or electricity, we'll be in a better position to protect the mangroves. his solution for now is to chop down mature trees to give the young ones a chance to grow. he knows that is not enough to save the forest. syria's art collectors will head to london on monday for a sotheby's sail of impressionist and modern art. the star attraction is this one. we are looking at the painting. it's expected to go for $50 million, and works by other giant like picasso and rehn wore will be featured. to brazil where there was more drama at the world cup on sunday.
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belgium made the last 16, algeria made history. the u.s.a. and portugal kept everywhere on the edge of their seat. several thousand dutch fans made their presence felt. gabriel has this report from sao paulo on the crowd in orange. >> tents lined up in this football campsite. a dutch football paradise coloured in orange. stay in hotels - not here, not for these fans. [ ♪ music ] . >> reporter:. >> reporter: at this park on the outskirts of sao paulo more than 500 self-proclaimed crazy fans from holland set up a brazil world cup base camp. >> it's fun. it brings people together. it's fun spending the night outside. >> reporter: nobody knows who will be crowned the champions of the world cup. but in the game of having fun -
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it's hard to dispute that the dutch are taking an early lead. it's called the orange dive, done jan 1st in holland. i asked why they are doing it now, and the response was "it's brazil, it's the world cup." >> it's a tradition. now we do it in brazil. it's a lot of fun. >> young and old, more than 5,000 dutch fans are in brazil to cheer on the national team that has come close. runners-up three times, but never crowned world cup champions. already it's been a good tournament for these fans. at the campsite they are lakeside. soaking up the south american sun, recharging the batteries for game time. the sun sets, and wouldn't you know it, it leaves an orange glow off the water.
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and holland will play chile and along with them australia will be playing spain who are out of the tournament. also to look out for croatia versus mexico and cameroon vers versus brazil. all details on the website. >> for centuries, some west african communities have branded children born deformed or with disabilities as evil spirits. they are seen as a drain on limited resources and so ...